Apr 27 2009
This OS X/BeOS/Debian Open Source project will be our tool this week. This DVD ripper is also a flexible encoder. We’ll use it to rip a DVD to AVI (though it also supports MPEG’s) that is playable on Palm and Pocket PC handhelds.
Getting started is as easy as selecting your drive (or a previously ripped DVD folder) and selecting your title. Options let you select which language you going to run with and which format and codec you’re going to use.
As I mentioned, I’m going AVI with MPEG/MP3 encoding. A critical feature for handheld-watchers, we can base our bitrate on target file size (as well as bitrate) to be sure we fit on the device or memory card.
Unless you’ve got a VGA Pocket PC, your device likely best fits video at 320×240. This resizing is done with a quick trip to the Crop dialog.
Once you hit Rip, the software goes at it. On a newer Mac expect to spend a little more than the movie’s length in encoding time. Give HandBrake a few minutes to settle in to an accurate rate.
I shot for a 200 MB file, and the resulting quality wasn’t bad, but got a little blocky on action scenes. Again, your results will vary according to your settings.
New Palm OS devices can load and play AVI’s through a QuickTime conversion. The files must be dragged to the “Send to Handheld” droplet in order to receive the proper conversion. To watch you new movie on a Pocket PC, you’ll want to grab PocketMVP, a free video player (no, windows media 10 for Pocket PC does not play anything but WMV’s)
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